August 27 2014

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Alexa Chung On Challenging Winter Weather


At the launch of Alexa Chung’s debut collection for Madewell at the Bowery Hotel last night, it was apparent that the model turned MTV host turned designer was attending to the details. From the illustrations on the gift bags to the polka dots peeking out from the ankle of a pair of cuffed jeans, Chung’s Annie Hall-meets-Lolita sensibilities proved a perfect complement to J.Crew’s sister brand. “There’s a notebook in there for you. And this is my favorite chocolate from England,” Chung said of the canvas goody bags that were snapped up by fellow partygoers model Daisy Lowe, Pixie Geldof (who was moonlighting as a mannequin for the line), and Tennessee Thomas, drummer of the Like and resident DJ for the night.

Although Chung is no stranger to the fashion industry, the collaboration marks Chung’s first-ever design attempt. But, she says, “it wasn’t very hard: I took in drawings or pieces I wanted changed or made up differently.” Voilà—wool overcoats (the plaid’s her favorite), shrunken boy’s blazers, and Big Love-appropriate silk blouses. We had to ask—is this the stepping stone for her own line? “Maybe. I loved working with Madewell, so I’m just going to see where this goes.” Coy about business; less coy about the hazards of fashion week in February. “I look shit in cold weather,” she admitted. “I’ve always got a shit face on. But I’ve got a sheepskin coat. I guess that’s pretty good.”

Photo: Sara Jaye Weiss / Startraks Photo

The Look of Domani, Today; Rihanna: The Book; and More…


Ecco Domani Wines has announced its 2010 Fashion Foundation award winners. For womenswear, Prabal Gurung, Joseph Altuzarra, Ross Menuez of Salvor Projects, and Phillipe Rollano and David Trujillo of The Blonds; for menswear, Siki Im; and for accessories, Irina Arakas of Prova. If you’re looking for the appropriate beverage to toast the winners, we’re sure Ecco D has a few suggestions. [WWD]

Three new Rs: reading, ‘riting, and Riri. Everyone’s favorite ubiquitous pop star has announced plans for her first book, out this June. Co-created with Rated R tour creative director Simon Henwood, the tome will consist mainly of steamy photos. Here’s to giving the people what they want. [Gatecrasher]

The Queen of England’s 2010 New Year’s Honours list has been released, and Her Majesty will confer honors on several of British fashion’s leading lights, including milliner Stephen Jones and Luella Bartley. Any royal funding for Luella back there, your highness? [Vogue U.K.]

It’s On may be off, but Alexa Chung’s keeping busy: Her Spring 2010 ad campaign for Pepe Jeans has hit the Web. [Grazia]

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Sara Beltrán Wants to Be Your BFF


Clunky metal bangles, meet the challenger to your throne—one that stylish girls may remember from that great fashion institution, summer camp. Yes, embroidered bracelets, the kind we used to call friendship bracelets, are having a bit of a moment. (It girl Alexa Chung’s been rocking a wrist-full lately.) The good news? You don’t have to knot them yourself anymore. Stylist-turned-designer Sara Beltrán’s got you covered, with her new collection, Dezso.
Beltrán weaves her bracelets in electric hues of cotton and finishes each off with gold- and silver-cast embellishments: shark’s teeth, seashells, leaves, and her line’s totem, sea horses. All play nicely off spring’s surfer-hippie vibe, without making you look like you live on a VW bus. The friendship bracelets generated most of the buzz at Beltrán’s trunk show at the Crosby Street Hotel yesterday, but the Texan designer, who recently moved to Jaipur, India, has a full jewelry collection as well, with bangles, rings, necklaces, and cuff links. She’s been making the most of Jaipur’s resources, working with 18K gold, fossils that date back 65 million years, raw diamonds, and red sapphires. Each piece has her signature sea horse worked into the design, sometimes carved on the back or as the clasp for a chain. “It’s funny,” Beltrán says, “I grew up in the desert, now I live in the desert—but everything I design is about the sea.” As they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder.

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—Laurie Trott

Photo: Courtesy of Sara Beltrán

Established & Sons: Vanity Fair‘s New And Next


As much as we love lists, we also love predictions. Yesterday, Vanity Fair gave us both, releasing its annual New Establishment ranking along with an appendage of on-the-verge comers, the Next Establishment. Along with power elite in finance and technology, etc, there’s a sizeable fashion industry factor. On the first are obvious choices like Bernard Arnault (#10) and nemesis François-Henri Pinault (#20), while Ralph Lauren sits between them at a very respectable #13. Having had very good years are J. Crew’s Mickey Drexler, moving up from last year’s #52 spot to #37; Marc Jacobs, who rose from #78 to #54; Diego Della Valle, up from #76 to #50; and John Galliano, strutting from #83 to #56. While Miuccia Prada dropped from #30 to #44, she’s still Mrs. Prada. And fresh off a runway triumph, Alber Elbaz makes his first entry at #73.

As for who might be joining the Lanvin designer at the adults’ table for 2010, there’s Burberry’s Christopher Bailey and Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Maier—both lauded for being forward-thinking caretakers of iconic brands. There’s the face that launched a thousand (well, million) ballet flats, Tory Burch, and red-carpet rulers Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig. However, the selection of younger Americans is somewhat curious. You could probably guess Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy and Alexander Wang, but it’s surprising that Zac Posen and Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg beat out seemingly recession-proof king of contemporary Phillip Lim and Proenza Schouler, the very first of New York’s younger set to win the CFDA’s Designer of the Year award. Also missing are MObama go-tos like Jason Wu and Thakoon Panichgul. Another surprise is MTV host and ubiquitous girl-about-town Alexa Chung. Though going from “who?” to Who’s Who in the course of less than a year is no mean feat.

Photos: Bedder/Getty Images, Ray Tamarra/Getty Images, Marcio Madeira, Greg Kessler

Yea, Nay, Or Eh: Your Overall Opinion Of Alexa Chung


Some scratched their heads when Ralph Lauren opted for a silk overall-style gown to close his Spring 2010 show last week, but there’s at least one celeb who can be counted on to call it in for a red-carpet event. Alexa Chung has been spotted recently in NYC sporting a vintage denim bib-front dress and, on a separate occasion, a cutesy nautical-inspired number from A.P.C. Today she sat front-row at Luella in London in this youthful minidress. She obviously has a body to pull off anything, but do you like the look? Or are overalls a trend better suited for the under-ten set?

Photo: Fred Duval/FilmMagic